Second Floor Highlights

D

A City Built by and for Railroaders

Wander from Dutch Hill to Little Italy, among the ethnic neighborhoods that Altoona’s railroaders called home.

E

In the Community

Track down the diverse interests that occupied railroaders outside the shop, from churches to secret societies to picnics at local amusement parks.

F

At Home

See how railroaders’ wives ran their home “shops” from their kitchen tables, struggling to bring order to a city of grime.

G

The Bar

Take the railroader trivia test, then listen to workers “hash” the day’s events and argue local politics.

H

Country Girl/City Girl

Find out the difference as you cross the bridge high above the railyard.

I

Motive Power Division

Explore the shops where the locomotives that moved the Pennsy’s trains were designed and built to exacting standards – from casting 80-inch drive wheels to choosing the color of trim paint.

J

Maintenance Division

Learn about the gangs, gandy dancers and others who built and maintained 26,000 miles of track, tunnels and stations, and the wreck crews who dealt with disaster.

K

Transportation Division

Test your skills at fast-paced track switching for just a few of the 5,000 trains the Pennsy ran each day, and find out why the brakeman had the most dangerous job on the railroad.